In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash


In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, Jean Shepherd, 1966 My favorite quote: “Heat, in Indiana, is something else again. It descends like a 300-pound fat lady onto a picnic bench in the middle of July. It can literally be sliced into chunks and stored away in the basement to use in winter; onContinue reading “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham


Skipping Christmas, John Grisham, 2001 My favorite quote: “Why do we eat so much and drink so much in the celebration of the birth of Christ?” Notable characters: Luther and Nora Krank, a couple who want to break tradition; Vic Frohmeyer, the neighbor who won’t let them Most memorable scene: Luther, trying to get hisContinue reading “Skipping Christmas by John Grisham”

Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark


Silent Night, Mary Higgins Clark, 2000 My favorite quote: “God rest you merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay.” While this is obviously not the intellectual property of Ms. Higgins Clark, it’s the best collection of words in this book Notable characters: I don’t know that I’d call any of them “notable,” but the main charactersContinue reading “Silent Night by Mary Higgins Clark”

Get Probed This Christmas!


The Christmas edition of the Purple Probe is on its way! And if you sign up before December 31st, you’ll get a free ebook copy of our gothic thriller, The Ghosts of Ravencrest! In our free monthly newsletter, The Purple Probe, you’ll get character interviews, behind-the-scenes tell-alls, a gossip column that sheds light on theContinue reading “Get Probed This Christmas!”

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens


A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens, 1843 My favorite quote: The opening line: “Marley was dead, to begin with.” What a great way to start  Notable characters: Ebenezer Scrooge, a heartless miser who finds redemption Most memorable scene: My favorite scenes have always been those early moments when the spookiness is just beginning to take shape.Continue reading “A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens”

Horror Classics with Thorne & Cross: A Christmas Carol


Tamara Thorne and I are honored to be part of new series called Horror Classics with Thorne & Cross where we introduce and give our thoughts on various horror stories through history. We’re starting off in time for the holidays with Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Here, along with the classic tale itself, we talk aboutContinue reading “Horror Classics with Thorne & Cross: A Christmas Carol”

The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Christmas Spirits


“The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Christmas Spirits is riveting. The characters are wonderful, the subplots are perfect, and the setting is stunning and well-researched. This series is like a roller coaster that goes up and up – the Mannings are literary gold.” -QL Pearce, bestselling author of over 100 books, inlcuding the Scary Stories for Sleep-OversContinue reading “The Ghosts of Ravencrest: Christmas Spirits”

Real-Life Holiday Horrors


(Pawpurrazzi aka Stalker Kitty, sticking her tongue out at me) Hello, all, It’s been a good – but very busy – season, complete with all the nerve-rattling, teeth-grinding fiascos we’ve come to expect from the holidays. This year, however, my dithers and dilemmas were not of the usual variety. I learned some things… and I’dContinue reading “Real-Life Holiday Horrors”

Scary Christmas to All…


Merry Christmas morning everyone. It is after five a.m. here and I’ve been up all night wrapping gifts while Pawpurrazzi – my feline accomplice – pawed at the tape dispenser, played in the curtains, and finally fell into a peaceful slumber on my lap. I’ve heard the stores on Christmas Eve are a frenzied mess,Continue reading “Scary Christmas to All…”